Top 10 Things to do in Wollongong, Australia

December 30, 2017 Renato Branum

Discover the best top things to do in Wollongong, Australia including Wollongong Botanic Garden, Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track, Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong Head Lighthouse, Science Space, Wattamolla Beach, Port Kembla Beach, Towradgi Beach Park, The Australian Motorlife Museum.
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1. Wollongong Botanic Garden

Murphys Ave | Keiraville, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia +61 2 4227 7667
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Reviewed By AusFamily123 - Sydney, Australia

We just spent a lovely afternoon here - 3 kids aged 7,9 and 11 all enjoyed the playground and maze. Then we wandered through the rose garden and around the duck lake. There are BBQs and plenty of beautiful big old trees with ample shade for a lovely picnic

2. Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

From Royal National Park to Bomaderry, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia +61 2 4267 5910
Excellent
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4.5 based on 524 reviews

Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km coastal drive, starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney, NSW, Australia in the beautiful Royal National Park. Driving scenery includes, coastal rainforests to quaint villages and over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. The drive heads into Wollongong then through to Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven. Experience ‘beyond’ into the scenic Southern Highlands, Batemans Bay, Canberra, the greater South Coast and onto Melbourne. Local Tips: - Driving through the Royal National Park is free. Fee of $12.00 applies if stopping to enjoy this picturesque playground. - Parking for the Sea Cliff Bridge can be found north of the Bridge at Leeder Park or Coalcliff Beach. - Free Parking at all Beaches along the Grand Pacific Drive Wollongong offers free on-street parking on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. - Keep a look out for the many information centers along the Grand Pacific Drive. Public Transport: - Sea Cliff Bridge: Premier Bus # 2 from Coalcliff to Wollongong and return. Closet Train station is Coalcliff with an 800 walk to the start of the Sea Cliff Bridge on the Northern Side.

Reviewed By lvan888 - Adelaide, Australia

We went on the Grand Pacific Drive (GPD) with high expectations having previously driven on the Great Ocean Road and the Tasmania East Coast drive. I found the GPD enjoyable however it is much shorter and not as grand as the other drives with less views and attractions along the way. The views from Bald Hill lookout was amazing though and was like post card like. Seacliff bridge was also amazing from a distance.

3. Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track

Grand Pacific Drive, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track

Reviewed By bellsy1 - Wollongong, Australia

A great ride with spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way. Go as early as possible to minimise the number of non cyclists on the track as it is very popular, particularly on the weekend.
If you only want to ride one way or go further than Wollongong I recommend catching the train to Thirroul and riding back (or vice versa).

4. Nan Tien Temple

180 Berkeley Rd | Berkeley, Wollongong, New South Wales 2506, Australia +61 2 4272 0600
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4.5 based on 804 reviews

Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien is very different from most tourist attractions because there is so much to offer: the visual delights of grandeur architecture, art & culture including unique Exhibitions & festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational & healthy life style classes & retreats, accommodation, top class conference and auditorium facilities as well as beautiful Gardens & walks. There is also the spiritual and religious experience that is unforgettable and even life changing for some.

Reviewed By MeiMei C

Purposely came here to visit as it one ot the Biggest Chinee Temple in Australia. Very nice place to walk as the garden is big. Will come back next time.

5. Wollongong Head Lighthouse

Endeavour Drive, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 4229 6466
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

Wollongong Head Lighthouse

Reviewed By Margriet H - Darwin, Australia

I was driven here by my family. Many memories of this great lighthouse, and the North and South Beaches. The views out to sea wonderful as always and especially on a beautiful day. We drove along the coastal strip and I also noted where I used to live in Kembla St. Things have changed a bit! But still the same old Wollongong, where I was born.

6. Science Space

60 Squires Way, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia +61 2 4286 5000
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Science Space

Science Space is the only dedicated science experience in NSW and is a place where anyone, young and old, can come and see how science and technology discoveries have become reality. It is a place to be inspired about what the future holds and empowered to help change it for the better. Science Space is the proud home of the DIGISTAR 6, Australia’s #1 most digitally advanced Planetarium. The 4k laser projection system is a first for Australia and allows the public to experience science and technology like never before. Science Space is founded upon the principles of education, hands-on learning and accessibility. Existing to advocate the value of science and technology and increase general science literacy. Science Space brings over 100 interactive exhibits, Science Shows, Workshops and Australia’s #1 Planetarium to the Illawarra region.

Reviewed By Laura H

We have been here a fair few times. There are different Things for kids to do and good to run around but it doesn't seem that the exhibits change. Planetarium is variable - some shows great and some very boring. Glad we have something like this in Wollongong for the kids but would be nice to mix it up a bit more.

7. Wattamolla Beach

Wattamolla Beach Road, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia +61 13 15 55
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Wattamolla Beach

Reviewed By kazihoque

It's really something different.
All most all the beach ,we visited have the same shot of view. BUT wattamolla have some things in bonus.
I side is Laguna with the cliff and other side have the Beach.
But make sure,take some food, there is no food outlets.

8. Port Kembla Beach

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Port Kembla Beach

Reviewed By Graham P - Wollongong, Australia

I was born, bred & went to school in Port Kembla, so might be a little biased. Port beach has always had reputation of being one of the best & cleanest Beaches in New South Wales. Then there is also the great beach fishing, Surfing & at the carpark end of the there is also public pool.
The only thing missing from my younger days are the sandhills. They are now covered in vegetation to stop erosion.
One little know fact is that alot of the sand from this beach was shipped over to Waikiki in Hawaii.

9. Towradgi Beach Park

Towradgi Rd, Wollongong, New South Wales 2518, Australia
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Towradgi Beach Park

Reviewed By Mulan H - Wollongong, Australia

This is a great beach with good views and a nice place for a swim! There is also a saltwater swimming pool. This is good for families if you would like to have a picnic, a BBQ (BBQs are available), or if you would like to play soccer. This is a nice place to ride your bike along, and there is fish and chips nearby.

10. The Australian Motorlife Museum

Darkes Road, Kemble Grange | Integral Energy Recreation Park, Wollongong, New South Wales 2530, Australia +61 2 4261 4100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

The Australian Motorlife Museum

Reviewed By Jim F - Sydney, Australia

We visited Motorlife Museum with a group of 24 people. Morning tea was available and we were fascinated by the collection of vintage and veteran motor vehicles, as well as a collection of household items including gramophones, typewriters and telephones.
Extremely interesting and well worth a visit. A must see.

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